Ben Stokes opens up on wellbeing battle and finger injury as “buzzing” England star prepares for Ashes return

Posted: 26th October 2021

Ben Stokes is “buzzing” to return for England at The Ashes after announcing the end of his hiatus from cricket.

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Anticipation for the tour Down Under grew on Monday when the all-rounder confirmed his availability, following a break from the game due to a finger injury and mental health issues.

The 30-year-old has opened up on the “dark place” he was in when taking a step back from the game but is confident that is now behind him.

He wrote in the Mirror: “I feel much better about everything from my finger to my mental well-being. I know I can focus once again on playing my best cricket Down Under this winter.”

Stokes announced his “indefinite” break in July having suffered with a finger injury for a number of months. Now repaired, he praised doctors for making his finger feel “like new again”.

The injury was described as a larger trigger than Stokes realised as he made his brief departure from the sport, and he paid tribute to those who have helped him return for the Ashes.

He added: “I had also been struggling with bubble life and events off the field. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I did, because I wasn’t in a good place and I’m not afraid to admit it.

“I was in a real dark place and having some difficult thoughts. I was always one of those people who wouldn’t talk about how they are feeling and just keep it internal and crack on. I now realise talking is such a powerful thing and it has completely changed me.

“Talking to my wife, talking to close friends like [Joe] Rooty, it has really helped as too the professionals I have worked with.”

Source: Ben Stokes opens up on wellbeing battle and finger injury as “buzzing” England star prepares for Ashes return (yahoo.com) (October 2021)

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